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Nikon reveals Android–powered Coolpix S800c camera

Google's Android OS makes its way onto this smart compact camera

Nikon has launched the first digital camera to be powered by Google's Android operating system in the Coolpix S800c.

The Coolpix S800c uses Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system originally made for use on smartphones. It also has built-in Wi-Fi meaning users can upload and share photos taken with the digital camera on the internet. See also: Group test: what's the best compact camera?

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon said: "The S800c establishes a new line in the Coolpix S series powered by Android with built-in Wi-Fi compatibility for operation similar to that of a smartphone and wireless Internet connection."

Since the S800c runs on Android users can download apps from the Google Play Store. This could mean photo editing apps but also games and social networking. The camera features a 16Mp CMOS sensor, a 10x optical zoom lens and a 3.5in OLED touchscreen.

"In addition to superior basic camera performance, the S800c offers the natural operation and communications functions of a smartphone (except the phone function), making it a single product for shooting, viewing, connecting, and enjoying." added Nikon.

The Coolpix S800c will be hitting shelves on 27 September with a price of £379.

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